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Charges possible for Golden Gate Bridge climbing daredevils

UPI News Service, 05/17/2017 

Officials in San Francisco indicated charges might be on the way for two young daredevils who filmed their climb to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Peter Teatime, 18, a high school senior, posted a video to YouTube earlier this month showing him and friend Tommy Rector, who is in his 20s, climbing to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge and performing acrobatic stunts.

The video received a stern rebuke Tuesday from Dennis Mulligan, general manager of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

"The Golden Gate Bridge is not an amusement park ride, it is vital public infrastructure and it's a symbol of our community. People should not come here and use it in ways for which it is not intended. They should not put themselves and others at risk. And if they do, we will bring the full consequences that we can, both civilly and criminally, to bear upon them," Mulligan said.

Mulligan and Golden Gate Bridge Patrol Captain Lisa Locati said in their Tuesday news conference that the young men put themselves and the drivers traveling below at risk.

"It also raises questions about how such an unauthorized climb is possible. If either of these young men had slipped or fallen, there could have been serious harm to motorists below," Locati said.

Teatime and Rector said they are not trying to hide their actions from authorities.

"We're not trying to hide from them in any way," Rector told the San Francisco Chronicle. "There's no reason to treat us like criminals. We're not criminals, just a couple of kids from Wisconsin who like to climb things."

Teatime echoed Rector's statement.

"We don't want to hurt anybody else's property or put anyone else at risk," Teatime said. "Obviously, we knew there were risks. We took all the risks into consideration."

The daredevils said they would be willing to consult with officials on how to improve security.

"We would like to talk to authorities about security, about preventing people from climbing the bridge in the future," Teatime said.

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